How to set up posts for hammocks

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How to set up posts for hammocks
A hammock is the perfect place to enjoy fine weather and companionship. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

A beautiful summer day only gets better when you add a gently swinging hammock. Relaxing and comfortable, hammocks are a perfect place to enjoy a sunset or glass of lemonade. Hammocks can be hanged from trees and deck posts. But when these options aren't available and you don't want to buy a hammock frame, try setting up hammock posts. Root the posts firmly in the ground with concrete for sturdy anchors from which the hammock can hang and allow you to enjoy a summer day safely.

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Things you need

  • Hammock
  • Tape measure
  • Shovel
  • Two 160-pound bags of premixed concrete
  • Trowel
  • 2 4-inch-by-4-inch wood posts, cut into 9-foot lengths

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  1. 1

    Mark the spot where the first hammock post is to be planted. Mark a spot for the second post that is a distance measuring at least 1 foot longer than the hammock's total length, depending on how tightly you want the hammock to hang.

  2. 2

    Dig a hole at each marked spot using a shovel. The holes should be 2 feet to 3 feet deep and at least 10 inches wide.

  3. 3

    Insert one post into the first hole and centre it in the hole. Have an assistant hold the post in place.

  4. 4

    Fill the space around the post with premixed concrete using a trowel, carefully packing concrete around the post to avoid any air pockets.

  5. 5

    Repeat for the second post.

Tips and warnings

  • Posts can be angled slightly away from each other instead of vertically, if desired. This will add to the posts' load-bearing capacity.
  • Allow the concrete to dry for at least 24 hours before hanging the hammock on the posts to ensure that the foundation is solid.

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